A theologian has suggested that after Pope Francis endorsed civil unions, the church cannot deny any longer blessings to same-gender couples. Meanwhile, some bishops, episcopal conferences, and priests continue taking a more negative approach.
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Robert Shine is the Associate Director of New Ways Ministry, where he has served since 2012. He is the Managing Editor for Bondings 2.0, a daily blog of LGBTQ Catholic news, opinion, and spirituality. Bob has degrees in theology from The Catholic University of America and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
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Commentaries on Pope Francis’ remarks last month that reiterated his support for same-gender civil unions have continued to be published. Today’s post features a handful of them with links provided for further reading.
A U.S. archbishop has responded to the pope’s support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples in a more positive way, suggesting Francis’ approach begins with the human person, not church teaching. But not all church leaders have responded similarly.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia yesterday, a case which hinges on whether religious institutions can be exempt from non-discrimination protections. In this case, the specific circumstances involve sexual orientation, but one legal scholar argues Fulton could open the door for other types of discrimination, too.
Regardless of the U.S. election’s outcome, LGBTQ equal rights will remain under attack because “the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary now pose a serious threat to our most basic freedoms,” wrote Jamie Manson, the new president of Catholics for Choice.
The following is a statement from Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry’s Executive Director, about the U.S. Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.
Yayo Grassi, a gay friend of Pope Francis, said he was “not surprised at all” by news that the pope had reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples, calling it a “seismic movement” in the church.
A letter reportedly from the Vatican has attempted to clarify Pope Francis’ recent reiterated support for civil unions recognizing same-gender couples. But despite some church officials’ attempts, does this purported clarification actually change anything?
Just under two weeks ago, Pope Francis reiterated his support for civil unions that recognize same-gender couples. Many LGBTQ Catholics and advocates have given the pope at least partial credit for his remarks, but almost all agree more progress is needed. So what impact could Francis’ support have in what comes next?
Next Wednesday, right after Election Day in the U.S., the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The case centers on the question of whether adoption and foster care providers with religious affiliations can discriminate legally against LGBTQ clients. The implications of an anti-equality ruling could be much broader.
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